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A Great North Shore Real Estate Professional

A good real estate professional will help you buy or sell a property, regardless of real estate market conditions. A great one exploits those conditions, whatever they are, when you’re looking for the right home or the best home buyer for yours. This is a great article published in the North Shore Magazine on Austin Gangur who share the secrets of his real estate marketing powers. Written by Peter H.

The ability to power a changing real estate North Shore market is making Austin Gangur a star in the North Shore real estate world, and he’s willing to share some of his secrets. “Right now,” he advises, “There’s a lot of inventory. A year or two ago, you could price a home aggressively, expecting to bring in multiple offers and sell over the listing price. It may take off again, but with fewer new listings attracting multiple offers, exact pricing on North Shore homes is becoming more important.” A short time ago, Gangur listed a North Shore condo for $519,000. It produced six unconditional offers and sold for $550,000. He continues to set the stage with an energetic real estate marketing program that gets homes exposed to the North Shore buying public.

EXPOSURE. “A home only sells to one buyer, and solid marketing makes it more certain that the best buyer – the one who is going to fall in love with your home and be ready to pay your price – is aware of the listing and has a good chance to view it,” he says. “I ask clients to let me do an open house ont eh first weekend of a listing, and to have it from noon to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. If someone’s interested in that kind of North Shore property, and they can’t get to an open house that’s just Saturday or just Sunday, and just from 2 to 4, I want to make sure I have the home open when they can. That person might be the right buyer.” People who are looking for a North Shore home want to search efficiently, he notes. “They are helped by things like a website and listings that are professional and easy to understand. They only take a few seconds for a first look, so they’re more likely to be interested whtn a home is visually appealing.” Gangur advertises all his listings on,,, and

REMEMBERED. Some North Shore sales people take pictures themselves. Gangur works with professional photographer Mike Chatwin. “I get him to shoot all the properties I list, and he edits them on his Mac so they’re absolutely striking.” With North Shore home buyers looking at a lot of homes on the internet, Chatwin’s photography makes Gangur’s listings stand out. Chatwin also designs the colour flyers Gangur produces fro each listed property. “I deliver the flyers throughout the neighbourhood,and that helps create a buzz. Potential buyers can also take my flyer with them after viewing the property – that’s much more powerful than a generic sheet of statistics.

MADE EASY. Once there are interested North Shore buyers, he says, the key is to make a North Shore property easy to buy. Gangur hires a professional to measure all aspects of a property. “For condos, strata plans should have proper measurements, but sometimes they don’t,” he says. “You can list dimensions and just say “it’s approximate,” but getting everything re-measured precisely means there’s one less thing for a North Shore home buyer to worry about. “When someone is making a major North Shore real estate investment in a property, you want to be able to tell them about it exactly and with confidence. It shows I’m doing my job and that creates trust. Disclosure is everything.” He also makes it easier to buy by inviting mortgage broker Jessi Johnson to attend his open houses. “Jessi doesn’t push his services, but he’s there when a potential North shore home buyer needs answers to crucial financial questions that can make the difference on a sale.” Gangur’s energy also makes it easy for home buyers on the North Shore reale state market and he’s been featured in MacLean’s Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver radio shows and on TV for camping out in new condo line-ups on behalf of clients. He helps by guiding North shore home buyers through their pre-qualification process for a mortgage, notifying them of new listings as they hit the market and also property inspections on potential purchases.

AT HOME. Focusing his energy on the North Shore real estate market means more than cultivating an image, Austin Gangur finds. “You have to be yourself. This business is all about relationships, and people who are smart enough to smell a fake. If you’ve got the understanding and knowledge, a marketing program that’s proven, and a good track record, that’s what’s important.” Born and raised in North Vancouver, Gangur attended Windsor Secondary. Before getting into North Shore real estate, he studied at Capilano College and was an entertainer as well as waiting tables at Red Robin on Marine Drive. He still produces music and writes songs in his own studio, and has been an active performer all of his life – sometimes singing the anthem at B.C. Lions and other pro sports games.

CONNECTED. Gangur is backed by Sutton Group – West Coast Realty managers Roasrio Setticasi, Gerry Goldman and Croft Tracey. “I’ve been known to call them anytime on the 24 hour clock with all sorts of questions.” Laughs Gangur. “their guidance has always been a bright light on the horizon.” Gangur took the UBC real estate program and became fully licensed. His first real estate North Shore property deal cam eone night while he was serving customers at Red Robin.

ORGANIZED. Gangur finds out about the interests of those at open houses who don’t buy, keeps a database with that information, and contacts them directly with new listings that might suit them better. After Gangur sold three townhomes in their complex Allen Zhu, a professor of Business at Capilano University, and his wife Lisa Zhu called to ask hime not notify them of new listings in a complex that interested them in the North shore real estate market. When the right one hit the North Shore real estate market, he had the Zhus in there later that day. The Zhu family is now settled in their new North Shore home, and Gangur sold their previous McCartney Lane home as well. Gangur has sold six North Shore townhomes in the Northlands area alone over the past year and just listed his fifth at McCartney Lane.

SUCCESSFUL. Working with Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, Gangur is excited about being a top producer in an office that’s a leader on the North Shore. He won the Sutton Canada Presidents Award for 2007, has already sold more property this year and is in the running for the even more prestigious Platinum Award from Sutton Canada. “It’s great to work with these professionals. They’re good at what they do, with more experienced Realtors sharing their wisdom and those who are newer to the industry bringing their liveliness, technical understanding and willingness to learn. The cooperation really helps, like showing a home for someone whose schedule is too tight.” Gangur share his success with clients, by giving each North Shore home buyer or seller a vacation package.

TEAMWORK. Gangur credits the real estate North Shore team he works with including Odenza Marketing Group ( the Burnaby based vacation incentive provider that organizes the high quality rewards for his clients. “We are serious about results, but fun is a part of it,” Gangur says, pointing to photography for this article, including the cover, done by Mike Chatwin of ShotbyChatty. “Seymour Creek Golf Center lent us some turf seen on the cover, Monique Rock, a fellow Realtor at Sutton helped with hair styling and it was great.” With that support, Gangur marketing savvy, hometown knowledge and his energy, Austin Gangur is powering towards new records for real estate sales on the North Shore. This communication is not meant to cause or induce breach of any existing agency agreement. Austin Gangur of Sutton Group – West Coast Realty at 604.710.2671 or Mike Chatwin, Shot by Chatty Photography at 778.839.6735 or and Jessi Johnson, AMP, Global Mortgage at 604.716.6474 or or

Faith Wilson – Leading Real Estate Agent in the Lower Mainland
After 15 years as one of the Lower Mainland’s top realtors, Faith Wilson has gained an outstanding level of insight into a real estate market that is becoming increasingly complex. “There has always been a lot of hype in the media as to what’s happening in the market,” explains Faith Wilson. “But what we need to keep in mind are the trends occurring within each neighbourhood.” A third generation Vancouverite, Faith Wilson has cultivated an exceptional understanding of the city, especially when it comes to west side Vancouver neighbourhoods like Kitsilano, Dunbar and Shaughnessy as examples. Faith Wilson and her team of friendly and experienced professionals are able to help clients through every step of the buying and selling process. “Sellers understand that the real estate market has changed,” she says. “Home buyers need to recognize that if they are realistic, mutually beneficial deals are going to happen.” With over 40 properties ranging from $300,000 to $6.5 million, Faith Wilson is currently managing some of the finest Vancouver real estate opportunities in the city. Lcoated in the heart of Kitsilano, just a short walk from the beach and the best of 4th Avenue, is 2451-2459 West 5th Avenue, a beautiful heritage conversion and one of the few new townhom projects available in the area. Blending classid Kits architecture with ultra modern design, each of these 4 two bedroom townhomes embraces an attention to detail that speaks to the history of the classis Vancouver real estate style. Built by Shella Bay Homes with a 2.5.10 year warranty and designed by Paul Phillips, EDG, there are now only two homes available starting from $799,000. And, there is an exciting new promotion: buy a townhome and get a brand new 2009 Honda Fit! Another outstanding property being offered by Faith Wilson is 1498 Laurier, a spectacular turn of the century Shaughnessy mansion located on a pristine 20,000 square foot parcel of land. From the sunny breakfast room to the formal living room with its grand, coffered ceilings, rich oak flooring runs throughout this completely renovated west side classic. Very exclusive and highly sought after, this exceptional home is priced at $4,900,000. For more information on a variety of Vancouver properties being offeredy by Faith Wilson and her team of real estate experts, visit This is an advertisement in Western Living. According to her other ad: You’ve put your heart and sould into making your house a home. Now put your trust in Faith. Faith Wilson has lived in Vancouver all her life. And, with over 15 years of successful real estate experience she understands the ups and downs of the Vancouver real estate market. Faith Wilson is a dedicated real estate professional who has built her reputation and team on hard work and satisfied clients. Recently, she has risen beyond the top 1% to be in the top 0.2% of REALTORS in Greater Vancouver. Even in this challenging market, Faith Wilson and her team have sold over 70 homes so far this year. Thi sis not a time for novice agents. You need a skilled professional to guide you through the current Vancouver reale state market. Now more than ever, you’ve got to have Faith because Faith moves houses.

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